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The Test of Time

Are the classic movies of our childhood as good as we remember them? Join us as we take a fresh look at our favorite films and ask if they stand The Test of Time. Hosted by Alan Noah and James Brief
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Are the classic movies of our childhood really as great as we remember them? Hosts Alan Noah and James Brief take a fresh look at our favorite films to see if they've stood The Test of Time.

 

Show logo by: Courtney Enos-Robertson

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Mar 31, 2017

In the summer of 1962, a group of friends play baseball, learn how to steal a kiss from a lifeguard, and do battle with a dog that is definitely not neutered.

Join us as we talk about Martin Scorsese's move to Netflix, the definitive version of America the Beautiful, and the missed opportunity with James Earl Jones' second-most famous character in a baseball movie. In the end, we ask if The Sandlot stands the Test of Time.

Mar 24, 2017

Steven Spielberg takes on a classic children's tale, with Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan returning to Neverland in 1991's Hook.

This week, we discuss how we did predicting the changes in the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, who collects royalties off of Peter Pan stories, and what the trailer for Hook 2 might have looked like.

Plus we interview one of Hook's Lost Boys, actor and director Thomas Tulak, who tells us about working with Robin Williams, filming the infamous food fight scene, and his potential role in the upcoming Hook prequel, Bangarang.

The Lost Boys themselves never age, but does Hook stand the Test of Time?

Mar 17, 2017

It’s a tale as old as time… a prince is transformed into a hideous beast, and the only thing that can break the curse is true love.

This week, we're asking—and answering—the big questions:
  • What are the best Disney songs ever?
  • Why is a young prince cursed for refusing to allow a witch into his home?
  • Are the dishes and candlesticks in the castle having sex?
  • Is every last inch of Gaston actually covered with hair?
  • Why didn't Belle ever bother to find out the Beast's real name?
Be our guest as we see if Beauty and the Beast stands the Test of Time.
Mar 10, 2017

A lounge singer witnesses a murder, joins witness protection, and breathes new life into a church choir in the 1992 comedy, Sister Act.
 
This week, we're talking about EGOTs, how you pronounce "reprise," and the young actress with the unfortunate name who was typecast playing a young Whoopi Goldberg. Plus James makes some shocking personal revelations about his favorite animated show, his dreams of being an expert at jump rope, and his history with Playboy magazine (or lack thereof). All that, plus we find out if Sister Act stands the Test of Time.
Mar 3, 2017

Put on your Power Glove and find that warp whistle: we're talking about 1989's love letter to Nintendo, The Wizard.

This flick features Fred Savage putting the moves on a pre-Rilo Kiley Jenny Lewis, the meanest video game villain this side of The King of Kong's Billy Mitchell, and the debut of the greatest video game ever, Super Mario Bros. 3. (Sorry, Ocarina of Time!) This movie may be the gold standard of product placement, but does it stand the Test of Time?

Feb 24, 2017

What do you get when Joel Schumacher takes on one of the most iconic superheroes of all time? Ice puns and bat nipples, of course!

In this double feature episode, we dive into the music of the Batman films, Tommy Lee Jones' feud with Jim Carrey, and the sheer ridiculousness of Gotham City's architecture. Yes, these movies are campy, but do Batman Forever and Batman & Robin stand the Test of Time?

Feb 17, 2017

The Bat is back as Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton reunite for another round of Gotham City crime-fighting in 1992's Batman Returns.

This movie had a meta moment before meta moments were a thing, it features a love quadrangle that's really just a line, and it introduced the whole "one hero vs. two villains" concept, as Batman faces off against the epitome of a crazy cat lady and a dude who lives in the sewers under the zoo's penguin exhibit... but still has an army of henchmen.

Does the Bat stand up to the Cat and the Penguin? And does Batman Returns stand the Test of Time?
Feb 10, 2017

Before Batfleck and before Bale, there was Burton's Batman: the Michael Keaton movie that made the Dark Knight cool.

In this Bat-tastic episode, we discuss Jack Nicholson's epic payday, the amount of alleys in New York versus Gotham, and the absurd weight limit of Batman's grappling hook. We don't ask if you've ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, but we do ask if Batman stands the Test of Time.

Feb 2, 2017

Weatherman Phil Connors has to relive a single day over and over again in the movie that redefined déjà vu.
 
This week, we discuss aging superheroes, why you should never set your alarm to your favorite song, and the concept of Daddy-jacking. Plus we debate just how many times Phil actually repeated the same day... and whether Groundhog Day stands the Test of Time.
Jan 27, 2017

Welcome to the world of 2032: a peaceful place where no one gets hurt, physical contact is outlawed, and all restaurants are Taco Bell for some reason.

Get ready for a conversation about the idiocy of bungee-jumping from a helicopter, the rarity of a bad guy in overalls, and how this movie got more predictions right than Back to the Future Part II. Plus, as we discuss why we're excited for the Nintendo Switch, James makes a shocking confession about his video game past. Then we decide if Demolition Man stands the Test of Time.
Jan 20, 2017

Don't let the picture fool you—this is *not* a movie about cannibalism. It's the fifth highest grossing film of 1989 (yes, really): Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
 
We analyze the movie's lesson on the frailty of life courtesy of Antie the ant, its poor demonstration of CPR technique, and other flicks with titles that are full sentences. Plus there's an in-depth conversation about whether Super Mario is actually human or not in light of his upcoming adventures in New Donk City. We may not solve that mystery, but we do determine if Honey, I Shrunk the Kids stands the Test of Time.
Jan 13, 2017

In the 1986 movie Wildcats, Goldie Hawn faces sexism as she tries to coach an inner city high school football team to victory. (Think Friday Night Lights meets 9 to 5 meets Stand and Deliver.)

The film features the big screen debut of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, a young LL Cool J in the role of "Rapper," and a more feminist heroine than some other, more famous feminist heroines (cough cough, Erin Brockovich.) Along the way we ask if Super Mario Run is worth ten bucks... and if Wildcats stands the Test of Time.
Jan 6, 2017

"We've got a fantastic movie in our podcast this week!"
"Your podcast? What is it?"
"It's a digital audio file with losers who never shut up... but that's not important right now."
 
In our wide-ranging conversation about the slapstick comedy classic Airplane!, we chat about how you say "golly" in jive, what happens when the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker trio breaks up, and we pay homage to the king of deadpan delivery, Leslie Nielsen. Plus we kick the episode off with a spoiler-filled analysis of Rogue One, and how that movie could affect Princess Leia's role in Episodes VIII and IX. Looks like you picked the wrong week to quit podcasts... especially if you want to know if Airplane! stands the Test of Time.
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